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Policies and Strategies to Address Food Insecurity in Agricultural Worker Communities

May 3, 2023

This Issue Brief examines the causes of food insecurity among agricultural workers, describes federal programs intended to address food insecurity, and presents best practices and recommendations to improve food security for agricultural workers

Promoting Health Care Access for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Farmworkers

December 1, 2022

This issue brief discusses the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ farmworkers and the importance of health centers recognizing and addressing these challenges in order to provide high-quality care.There is a common misconception that few or no lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all sexually and gender diverse (LGBTQIA+) people exist within the farmworker community. As a result, the health care needs of LGBTQIA+ farmworkers are often overlooked. It is important for health centers to recognize and address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ farmworkers in order to provide high-quality care to this marginalized population.

Exposed and At Risk: Opportunities to Strengthen Enforcement of Pesticide Regulations for Farmworker Safety

September 13, 2022

In May 2021, the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems published Essentially Unprotected: A Focus on Farmworker Health Laws and Policies Addressing Pesticide Exposure and Heat-Related Illness as a companion report to the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future's report Essential and in Crisis: A Review of the Public Health Threats Facing Farmworkers in the US. Both reports focused on the public health threats facing farmworkers in the United States. Essentially Unprotected specifically addressed pesticide exposure and heat-related illness, highlighting the gaps in federal law in addition to state efforts to fill those gaps.This report was conceived by farmworker advocates to expand on the research and analysis contained in Essentially Unprotected. In continued partnership with Farmworker Justice, CAFS seeks to create resources to support the expansion of laws and policy that can improve conditions for workers throughout the food system. This report is part of a series that spotlights various issues affecting farmworkers where law and policy can play a role in offering protection.The direction of this report was influenced heavily by interviews with farmworker advocates in various states. Through these conversations, it became clear that the legal and regulatory landscape of pesticide law enforcement is complex given the cooperative relationship between federal and state governments and the myriad agencies involved at both levels. This resource is intended to provide clarity on pesticide regulation enforcement efforts to enable advocates and law and policymakers to identify opportunities for improvement. It concludes with a set of recommendations to better protect the health and safety of the farmworkers who comprise an integral part of our food system

Farmworkers and the Climate Crisis: Farmworker Justice’s Environmental Justice Symposium Summary Report

July 14, 2022

This report summarizes the content shared by experts during its Environmental Justice Symposium, held May 17th and 18th, 2022, as well as promising practices and policy recommendations to address the impacts of the climate crisis on farmworkers. The virtual Symposium brought together subject matter experts and participants representing health, legal, academic, environmental, and other organizations to discuss how the climate crisis is affecting farmworker communities and to develop actionable recommendations and best practices for health centers, farmworker-serving organizations, and state and federal agencies. Recordings of the Environmental Justice Symposium presentations are available on Farmworker Justice's website

The Fairness for Farm Workers Act: It’s Time to End Discrimination against Farmworkers

June 29, 2022

This fact sheet examines the Fairness for Farm Workers Act, legislation to update the nation's labor laws to ensure farm workers receive fair wages and compensation. The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide overtime and additional minimum wage protections for farm workers.

Rampant Violations of Workers’ Rights Reveal Flaws of H-2A Visa Program

June 16, 2022

This fact sheet describes frequent violations of workers' rights and the need for reform in the H-2A visa program.

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June 15, 2022

This fact sheet summarizes key findings from the recently released 2019-20 results of the U.S. Department of Labor's National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS).

The Impact of Language on Health Care Accessibility

June 8, 2022

Language barriers can impact the ability of individuals to access vital services such as health care. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted many of the challenges faced by limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. Health centers and other federally-funded programs aim to ensure that patients' language does not impact their ability to access health care.This issue brief will inform service providers about policies to promote language access for LEP patients. After identifying and explaining the urgency of the challenges of LEP patients, this issue brief will provide practicable and accessible solutions that service providers can implement both immediately and in the long-term. We hope providers will create their own innovative solutions to meet the language needs of the communities they serve.

The Climate Crisis and Its Impacts on Farmworkers

May 5, 2022

This Issue brief was prepared for Farmworker Justice's Environmental Justice Symposium (May 17 & 18th, 2022) addressing the impacts of the climate crisis on farmworkers in the areas of heat stress, pesticide exposure, food security, and water access.

Lessons from the Fields: Farmworker Communities Confronting COVID-19

January 19, 2022

Farmworkers have not only been facing concerns about contracting COVID-19, but also the ripple effects of the pandemic, from mental health to income and food access. Due to the unique circumstances in which farmworkers live and work, they have experienced the pandemic's wide-ranging effects more severely than the general population. Moreover, due to their immigration status, many farmworkers were not eligible for COVID-19 federal or state assistance programs, compounding many of the challenges they confronted.COVID-19 has hit the farmworker community especially hard. As essential workers, farmworkers put their lives on the line, risking their health and that of their families to ensure the stability of our nation's food supply chain. The pandemic's impact on farmworkers extended beyond the threat of contracting the virus and its immediate health implications; indeed, all dimensions of life were affected.COVID-19 highlighted systemic inequities, and worsened the impacts of their social determinants of health—the conditions in the environment where people live, learn, work, and play that affect their health risks and outcomes. These social determinants of health include dangerous working conditions, barriers to healthcare, lack of sick leave, food insecurity, and technology gaps, among others.In response to gaps in access to critical emergency assistance resources, farmworker serving organizations took action to assess workers' needs, advocate for workplace protections, COVID-19 testing, and vaccine access, and identify and engage local and national support.

Farmworker Justice 40th Anniversary Booklet: Empowering Farmworkers to Advance Justice

August 2, 2021

This booklet provides a 40-year retrospective on Farmworker Justice's work to advance justice for farmworkers. The mission of Farmworker Justice is to empower farmworkers and their organization to improve wages and working conditions, improve occupational safety and health, improve immigration status, and improve access to the justice system. These four broad goals have shaped the agenda of Farmworker Justice since the beginning. Our founders decided that a multi-faceted approach would work best in pursuing these goals. Their agenda included a strategic mix of administrative and legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance, coalition-building, public education, litigation, and support for union organizing.

Unfinished Harvest: The Agricultural Worker Protection Act at 30

December 10, 2013

In 1983, Congress passed the migrant and seasonal agricultural worker protection act (AWPA; also known as MSPA). To mark the thirtieth anniversary of its enactment, Farmworker Justice has produced this report, which examines the impact of AWPA on farmworkers. In doing so, they have examined the law's historical and legislative background, consulted court cases interpreting its provisions, and sought insight from leading farmworker advocates around the country.